I had the great pleasure of meeting Chloe many months ago to photograph her maternity session. At the time she was about 24 weeks along and it seemed like forever before her little one would arrive Earth-side. During her maternity session I planned out certain textures, shots, and wraps, that I wanted to incorporate into her newborn session. This includes her oldest daughter, Athena. Athena made both of the sessions sparkle with her bright blue eyes and outgoing personality. Welcoming Tatum, was the icing on the cake, so to speak.
In these images I want to give you a better idea of what a maternity & in home newborn session looks like. By planning out the shots, I am able to marry the two sessions. This means more shots for framing, albums, and family memories. There is a clear before baby and after baby vibe- both filled with anticipation and love. Enjoy!
Every so often I get a dream baby here in my NJ newborn photography studio. A baby who sleeps through her whole session, waking only once to show off her pretty eyes. I was lucky to have Madison in studio and in a deep sleep, because we were able to get all of her poses completed with minimal waking and almost no feedings. Madison’s laid back demeanor and sweet sleepy smiles could melt any heart. Her Mom and Dad were just as cool and kind as their baby girl, watching me work and admiring their newest addition as she rocked her newborn session. I’m looking forward to meeting Madison again as she grows from a newborn to a toddler. This year will be full of first for her family, and I know her parents will be cheering her on all the way.
We started with Madison in a basket on my dark wood backdrop. I typically start my newborn sessions with props so that baby has a chance to relax into each pose. In my NJ newborn photography studio there are a ton of props and outfits and wraps to choose from. Madison’s session was decidedly natural. Her skin was so creamy and pink that the peach backdrop worked best for her beanbag shots. I tend to appreciate the less fussy newborn images, so adding a flower crown or headband can jazz up the images just enough to give the images some personality. I love the variety we were able to get in our time together. Scroll down to see Madison’s video featuring even more photos!
I’m excited to announce that Little Love Stories Photography has been published in The Huffington Post!
This is a professional dream come true for me and I’m so grateful to have the eyes of the world on one of my favorite sessions. Read my interview and see the photos from my firehouse session here!
On a personal note
As a professional maternity, newborn, and family photographer- there is no greater achievement then having your photos shared, admired, and published. It’s the goal of any professional to rise to the top of their field, and for me, this feels like a new starting point. Getting published in The Huffington Post was a Top 10 goal for me, and seeing my work there has been surreal. All of your sessions bring joy to my heart. Watching my clients children grow and grow up is the gift I’m given as your family photographer. I can not imagine a better career than this one. I’m beyond blessed to work with you and your families. Its important to me to show my children that they can do anything that they believe they can do. It might have been crazy to leave a career in television production, to start a career as a photographer but that was what was in my heart. Everyday I work harder than the day before to provide for my family, make this business a success, and show my children that anything is possible with hard work and a little bit of luck. When I look back at getting published in the Huffington Post someday I’ll know that this was huge, but I have miles and miles to go toward my goal of being the most sought after newborn photographer in New Jersey. Yes it’s huge, but most dreams are. I have worked with your families long enough to know that happiness is in the journey. This is a giant bright spot in my career, and I want to thank you for being here to share in it with me.
Due to the high exposure of this session my fall and winter calendar are booking up quickly. If we normally shoot a fall family session please contact me with dates so I can reserve your spot.
A billion, trillion, thank you’s the Hansch family for this amazing session.
I offer in home newborn portraits to clients who want to the best of both worlds, beautiful newborn portraits and sibling/family portraits too. For me it’s exciting to shoot in a families home. There we are surrounded by all of the elements that make a house, your home. In this particular session I was able to photograph Madeline in what will become her future playroom. Currently it’s occupied by her big sister Kate! Using the girls play tent, and the family’s stunning green front door, I was able to create a session that looks and feels like them. And of course we had some family bed shots, because I think there’s no better way to capture the heart of a family.
Like many of my clients I have had the pleasure of working with this family before. In fact the last time I saw them Kate was turning one! It’s always a pleasure to catch up with clients and be there with them as their family grows. Madeline is a living doll and a dream baby. Her in home newborn portraits were seamless as I positioned her in a bucket, basket, and finally on the posing pad. Madeline slept the entire time, revealing her bright blue eyes just as we were wrapping up. Big sister Kate wasn’t interested in posing for traditional sibling poses, and thank goodness for that! I think what we got tells the best story of all. Clearly the stork arrived at with baby Madeline posed perfectly in her basket :). Kate was so happy to show off her baby sister she covered her in tons of kisses and hugs. Madeline and Kate will surely be great friends as time goes on. I can’t wait to capture them as they grow and grow up. This family happens to make beautiful babies who look like tiny cherubs ready for their close ups.
Check out some of their session and their family video below!
Combining a maternity and newborn photography session is a lot easier then you think! Many expecting mother’s seek my advise on when the right time to take maternity photos is and how can we combine the maternity and newborn session in packaging and pricing. Maternity photography is usually captured anywhere from 30 weeks to 35 weeks along, depending on the health of the mother and size of her the belly. Very few pregnant women feel beautiful in there last few weeks before baby arrives. It’s an uncomfortable time and you could deliver any time after 35 weeks, so I tell clients to pick a window of time where they still feel good and are ready to show off that baby bump. Maternity photography sessions are really about capturing the “before baby” time. Growing bellies and growing excitement around the baby is what we’re preserving. Through photography you can share that special time with the baby, by someday pointing to these photos and reminding the child, “that was you in there!”
Newborn Session Elements
Once Mom and baby are back home, we’ll choose a date for the newborn session that’s within the first 2 weeks of life. I like to use some elements from the maternity session in the newborn session. Below Jenn, Rob, and Claire anxiously wait the arrival of baby Morgan. It was important to me to capture Claire’s excitement as she snuggles her Mama’s tummy, and later her baby sister, Morgan. Combining a maternity and newborn photography session is a great way to visually capture this special chapter of life.
About This Family
I have been very lucky to capture this family for a few years now. One of the best parts about growing up with a family is getting to experience their excitement with them. As their life gets bigger, I am able to tell their story in photos. I’ve been photographing Claire for so long now that she is a master at posing for me. When Jenn brought the girls into the studio for Morgan’s newborn session I knew we’d get excellent sibling shots. Claire has a gift for making wide eyed smiles and lighting up a room with her sweetness. Holding baby Morgan was such a treat! After seeing her just weeks before in her mother’s belly, I was really looking forward to meeting her Earth-side. This family is full of love and patience. Claire and Morgan are very lucky live in a house full of love.
See their selected photos in the images and video below!
Every so often I like to create a sweet little video highlighting my newest newborn sessions. This year has been so busy with newborn photography sessions that I had to break my videos into seasons. Featured here are my spring and early summer newborns. I love these babies and their families too. These little ones have stolen my heart and the fact that I have held each one of them at the beginning of their life journey is a dream come true for me as an artist and mom too. There is something special about new life. It’s a privilege to meet them and whisper in their ears and hold their hands and capture their beginning. Having a NJ newborn photo studio allows me to invite families in and create a session as we go. Being invited into families homes to photograph the newborns portraits, and family shots too combines my favorite type of shoots. For me it’s about getting to connect with you. These photographs are your story, and I’m the lucky woman who gets to capture it all.
Here’s our latest video, for your viewing and sharing pleasure!
A couple of years ago I was fortunate to meet a client who was pregnant with a little boy and had a firefighter husband. They wanted to take their new babies newborn photos in the local firehouse, among the fire trucks. They are no ordinary couple. When baby Henry arrived, I snapped away, as his parents allowed me to take professional photography photos of their son. He was naked on a giant fire truck, and on top of enormous fire hoses! You have to have a certain type of personality for professional photos of your newborn on heavy equipment. This family is generous with their energy, spreading warmth and happiness wherever they go. They are laid back, up for anything, and genuinely excited by life.
When they called to tell me that baby number two was arriving and we were going back to the firehouse, I think I was more excited than they were! I worried a little that Hudson wouldn’t be as easy going as his big brother Henry, because how could one family get two fully sleeping, naked on a fire truck babies? Well they did and thank God for that because if possible, we had even more fun taking Hudson’s professional photography photos. The boys were completely safe during their shoot. The trucks were not on, the hoses were steadied, and their parents were on hand spotting the boys at all times.
Themed Newborn Session
Themed newborn photo shoots are as much fun for the artist as they are for the parents. I love a good baby on a blanket shot, but there is something very special about a baby wrapped in his Dad’s fireman’s coat, with the same initials. To me, themed newborn portraits tell the story of a family. You’re apart of this coven, this life, this tradition. I don’t know where Henry and Hudson’s lives will take them, but I’m very grateful to have captured a piece of the very beginning.
As a family and newborn photographer I have the pleasure of photographing new families in their homes. There is a certain magic that happens during an in home newborn session. I am able to get a feel of the family based on their home, the colors they choose, and the life they live. It creates an intimate setting where there is an exchange of energy and comfort. That is exactly what you need for great photography! Family and newborn photography is my specialty. I’m most happy when I’m working with a family that I’ll have the pleasure of seeing grow and grow up too! Soft pinks, lots of bright white furs, and touches of color, this session speaks to my heart.
Little Miss Cora is a beauty. Show stealing blue eyes, creamy skin, and a sweet demeanor, Cora is a spitting image of her stunning Mama. Cora is her parents first little one. This session is such an expression of their love. With two fur siblings, Cora is protected at all times. We spent a rainy morning together trying to convince her that it was okay to close those eyes. Parents often worry when baby won’t sleep during a session but I love when they look right into my lens! That’s the face of the human you’ll know for a lifetime. Plus you could get lost in Cora’s eyes couldn’t you?
Family and newborn photography is the most fun when I get to watch new parents, parent. Adding the dogs to the family bed was just a bonus. There is one dark shot of just the puppies on the bed that tells a deeper story of rescue and love. Imagine growing up with a wide open heart in a home with all the warmth that you can handle. I could have posted a million shots of this lovely young family, but I think these will give you a good idea of their family and newborn photography session.
I offer in home newborn photography for parents who are looking to have newborn portraits and family images too. Finding affordable photography is, of course, relative to each family. While most photographers will offer a low session rate, the cost of buying images and prints will far exceed a thousand dollars. For some folks that is affordable photography. For my clients I offer a higher session rate, but there is no print fee making your total cost more affordable in the long run. With any photographer you have to consider your child’s safety, the photographers training, and if you have a shared vision of your final gallery. While looking for affordable newborn photography consider the long term relationship between yourself and your photographer. In the not too distant future you’ll be looking for first birthday and family photos too. I’m grateful and happy to my clients who I see yearly and whose little ones I once held in my arms, and are now running around parks with me.
This little man is named Miles. He was a dream baby. Sleeping through his entire session- we were able to dress and undress him in some of the knitted outfits his Mom hand stitched.I love when parents add items with special meaning to their newborns images! Miles was lucky enough to have several special pieces, including his puppy Indy and his Mom’s air force metals too. Sweet and calm, Miles is a Manhattan baby living just across the water. Starring down One World Trade and the GW bridge too. He has his eye on the center of the world. I’m delighted to watch this little man grow up. I love this in home newborn session! Light blues and grays and all the peace of new life too.
Newborn family photography is the most popular type of session that I offer. When I am lucky enough to be invited into a families home whose just added a new baby into the mix, I always start with sibling shots. It’s tough for little ones to sit still long enough to pose for photos, and so over the years I’ve learned to get siblings involved as quickly as possible to insure sweet sibling images.
This session was unique in that it was a siblings only session. We coordinated the baby’s wrap with the girls outfits. You can imagine that in a house full of girls there were plenty of bows and pinks to go around! Its always fun to chat with the older siblings. They’re so full of pride for this little creature that their parents have brought home. These girls were camera ready and such a pleasure to hang out with. We sang silly songs and promised a few special treats for their time. Newborn family photography is a love note to your newborn that they’ll cherish forever. I imagine these photos will serve as a constant reminder of the love that this family shares, long after these precious days have past.